It has been some years since Sydney Butchkes’s art was displayed regularly in galleries, but for decades, in the heyday of the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton and in Arlene Bujese’s eponymous space here, his work, including paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings, was often viewed and reviewed.
Elaine de Kooning spent a lifetime painting portraits. She tackled them first as a necessity, when she was a poor artist interested in the figure and used herself as her muse, and eventually as a counterbalance during her long involvement with Abstract Expressionism.
The Choral Society of the Hamptons will celebrate its 70th anniversary season with a dramatic selection of works suitable for such an event, including a work commissioned from Victoria Bond to be performed early next summer.
It was striking to see Billy Sullivan’s works again after some time. Although his work is exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe, it had been a while since these eyes had seen his paintings and pastels in the flesh, and the color and composition was a knockout.
Land art can be challenging and, judging by Saskia Friedrich’s backyard last week, also all-encompassing. On Saturday, her “ENCOUNTER/LOVE” installation opened at the Art Barge, but the days leading up to it were full of dry runs, or wet ones.
This year, Guild Hall has decided to let the natural bounty of the South Fork’s private gardens and commercial farms be the star of its Garden as Art tour. The event will feature gardens that have vegetable components as well as a breakfast using local farm ingredients, a panel on edible landscapes, and special discounts at several farm stands in the area.
For those who like their iambic pentameter served alfresco while seated on lawn chairs or picnic blankets, this weekend should be a cause for celebration, with two free productions of Shakespeare plays to choose from and a new partnership that could offer more in the future.
I took a look at Ryan McGinness’s work at the Silas Marder Gallery, then I looked again, and then once more. No matter how familiar his world of idiosyncratic signs and symbols, there is always something new to see in their more-is-more layering.
The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs will present “Elaine de Kooning Portrayed,” a show that will include portraits of the artist both by her hand and those of others beginning next Thursday.